A brief history of the Mercedes C-Class
Having driven the new C-Class, we look back at the original 'Baby Benz' and its successors. Warning: contains AMG
Posted: 11 Mar 2014
W202 Mercedes Benz C43 AMG
That was of course, until the advent of the C43 AMG W202 series C-Class came along in 1997, to become a) the most powerful production C-Class ever built, b) the first ever V8-engined C-Class Mercedes, and c) really rather quick. An all-aluminium block and head, magnesium intake manifold and forged con-rods were just some of the highlights of this engine; 302bhp and 302lb ft of torque is of course, the highlight.
0-62mph took just 6.5 seconds, though Merc quickly realised that yes, putting a V8 inside a small-ish Benz is indeed sehr reizvoll, The C55 AMG with an even bigger V8 (5.4-litres) arrived in 1998 in the W202, producing 347bhp natural horses.